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Carlson's partners

Carlson's Teachers

  • Ricki-Lee Allison

    Ricki-Lee Allison


    Ricki-Lee's training began at the age of 5 with Margaret Carlson's Pre-Primary Ballet class. Since then she has taken classes in every style offered at the school and completed her Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Grade 8 Award. After many years of assisting teachers in their classes, Ricki began...

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  • Reija Best

    Reija Best

    Trained in Germany and Finland, Reija has coached figure skating, rhythmic gymnastics, creative dance, formation jazz dance and choreography at the national level. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education and is a five-time winner of the ladies Figure Skating Championship in Middle...

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  • Pam Hicks

    Pam Hicks

    A true islander, Pam’s inspiration to dance began at four years of age. Her rigorous training in classical ballet was under the tutelage of Wynne Shaw in Victoria, and later with Norbert Vesak in Vancouver. Pam has her Advanced Certificate and is also a Registered member with the RAD. She...

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  • AJ Kambere

    AJ Kambere

    AJ has been dancing for seven years and popping for four. His first popping teacher was AniDoktoR who is a professional dancer in Vancouver, but it was " Boppin Andre", the creator of popping who advanced him to the level he is today. AJ has travelled North America to compete in competions,...

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  • Julie LeBlanc

    Julie LeBlanc

    Dancing helps me reconnect with my essence, that inner feeling of joy and content and frankly, I can't get enough of it! So on this journey through movement and self discovery. I wish to inspire like so many teachers have done for me in the past

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  • Bonnie Nicholas

    Bonnie Nicholas


    A Carlson’s alumna, Bonnie achieved her Intermediate Vocational Certificate in RAD and her Advanced 1 level in ISTD Modern Jazz while a student at Carlson’s, as well as being a regular in Reija’s Free Jazz Classes. Summer Schools, Festival competitions, Musical Society Shows...

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  • Lindsay Randall

    Lindsay Randall

    Beginning her dance training with ballet at the age of 4, Lindsay’s background includes Ballet and Jazz at Carlson’s (culminating in her RAD Intermediate Vocational Certificate in Ballet) and Highland Dance with Kathy White School. She participated for many years at the Cowichan...

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  • Kim Robb

    Kim Robb

    Kim, a registered teacher with the RAD and an associate teacher for Tap with the AITD, trained at the Carousel School of Dance in Jersey C.I. and at the Doreen Bird College of Theatre Dance in London. She graduated as an Associate in ballet, modern and national dance with the ISTD. Kim came from...

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  • Hannah Schneider

    Hannah Schneider

    Hannah began dance at the age of 3. She enjoys all styles and has earned up to her grade 8 RAD ballet award. She first discovered her love for hip hop at the age of 16 when taking a class taught by renowned hip hop dancer and choreographer Lil’C. Hannah has experienced many different...

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  • Joyce Scott

    Joyce Scott

    Joyce has been involved in theatre and dance since she was a young child.  If she had a chance to sing or dance she was happy!  Her early ballet training began here on the island in Sidney, then in Victoria and Vancouver for her RAD  majors.  As well as being a registered...

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  • Christine Shaw

    Christine Shaw

    Christine trained with Kirkwood Academy of the Performing Ars in Nanaimo and at Parksville Ballet School; achieving Honours on her Advanced Cecchetti Ballet and Advanced in ISTD Tap exams. She was also noted for receiving runner-up at the Provincial Festival, which she attended consecutively for...

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  • Amber Tuttle

    Amber Tuttle

    Born and raised on Salt Spring Island, Amber was a little bit cut off from the dance world. But that didn’t stop her from trying. She started dancing in a small studio on Salt Spring at the age of 4, and hasn’t stopped since. She dances many styles including, jazz, ballet, swing,...

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  • Winter Koch

    Winter Koch

    We are very excited to have Winter teaching tap for Miss Ricki while she is on maternity leave. 

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  • Giuliana Mansueti

    Giuliana Mansueti

    Former Carlson's student Giuliana Mansueti is back for Fall 2017 to teach Advanced Modern/Contemporary. 

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  • Carlow Rush

    Carlow Rush

    Carlow will be teaching Junior Boys' Hip Hop. 

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